PERSPECTIVE: ‘Ugly’ animals need love too! September 18, 2015 In an article for Science Network WA, Associate Professor Trish Fleming from Murdoch’s School of Veterinary and Life Sciences advocates for the less media-friendly animals of Australia before these species are lost forever. Associate Professor Fleming highlights that bats and native rodents make up almost half of Australia’s total number of mammal species, and yet for most, science has done barely more than catalogue their existence. The full impact of the loss of forests to climate change and clearing is not clearly understood but Associate Professor Fleming highlights that small insectivorous bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitos in an hour. So next time you get attacked by mosquitos, think about what would happen if we lose our precious bats. To read Associate Professor Fleming’s full article, click here. Print This Post Media contact: Luke McManus Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: L.McManus@murdoch.edu.au Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Research, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research Tags: Associate Professor, Murdoch, bats, mosquitos, native rodents, school of veterinary and life sciences murdoch, science, science network wa, trish fleming Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!